Welcome to the Maricopa County Superior Court Protective Orders website.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Protective Orders provides resources to help individuals understand and navigate the process of obtaining protection orders to prevent domestic violence or harassment.
IMPORTANT: As of 01/01/2020, there are several changes to the Protective Order process. How a party is served in the Order of Protection process has changed. If the Judge grants your Petition for Order of Protection, the court will send the Order of Protection and a copy of the petition out for service today, unless the court delays it. The court cannot delay sending the order out for service for more than 72 hours.
The Service process for Injunctions Against Harassment and Injunctions Against Workplace Harassment remain the responsibility of the Plaintiff.
Learn about the three types of Protective Orders:
- civil court orders prohibiting a specific person from making contact with you such as coming near your home, work site, school, or other locations as listed on the order.
- based on the relationship you have with the party you are seeking protection from.
- issued by a judge.
- effective for 12 months from service date.
Effective 01/01/2020, if the judge grants your petition for Order of Protection, the court will send the Order of Protection and a copy of the petition out for service TODAY, unless the court delays it. The court cannot delay sending the order out for service for more than 72 hours.
- restrain a defendant from committing acts of violence and harassment.
- prohibit a defendant from contacting or coming into contact with you.
- provide you with legal recourse if the person served with a protective order violates the order.
- resolve landlord/tenant disputes.
- change custody or visitation orders.
- guarantee your safety.
Domestic Violence Forms
Paperwork for Orders of Protection, Injunctions Against Harassment, and Injunction Against Workplace Harassment are available in the Protective Order Centers at the courthouse locations. For more information on protective orders, please see our Protective Order Center.
We do offer a form to file a request for a hearing. This downloadable Request for Hearing form should only be used if you are unable to go in person to one of the Protective Order Center locations to complete the form and you have spoken to Protective Order Center staff.
AZPOINT will help you figure out whether you (the plaintiff) and the person from whom you are seeking protection (the defendant) have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection. Your information will be saved in AZPOINT for up to 90 days. At any time during this 90-day period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. Until you file your petition at a court, you will be able to return to AZPOINT to update your information if necessary. For more information, click here to go to AZPOINT.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to general questions for obtaining protective orders.
Domestic Violence Advocates
Advocates are not attorneys and do not give legal advice, but they are available to speak to victims regarding questions concerning domestic violence and the process to obtain an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment.
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